Presented by HackGT

Saturday, March 27, 2021

We will be holding our first ever remote Catalyst event on March 27th, 2021! We're excited to host our second all-remote event as an organization, and are hard at work to provide an engaging and informative curriculum for our participants. This year, we're looking forward to inviting high school students from across Georgia to attend, extending our reach far beyond the Atlanta area. Even virtually, your favorite parts of Catalyst will continue on, such as teamwork, career panelists, mentors, and swag!


HackGT presents Catalyst, a virtual day of STEAM-related activites directed toward high school students all throughout Georgia!

This will be an opportunity for participants to:

  • Learn about the world of STEAM and Computer Science as a career path
  • Gain insight into impactful, widely-known technology companies
  • Receive mentorship from college students and other industry professionals
  • Connect with opportunities at Georgia Tech to further their education and exposure

Are you a current Georgia Tech student? If so, you're still able to participate in the event! Each year, GT students volunteer as mentors to help facilitate the projects and activities included in each available track. This is an opportunity for you to directly interact with high school students across Georgia, provide helpful knowledge to aspiring minds, and share your passion for computer science and engineering. The core responsibilities of mentors include:

  • Co-leading a student cohort of up to 12 students
  • Encouraging mentees to network within cohorts
  • Inspiring mentees to learn both during and after the event
  • Arriving on-time and staying throughout the duration of the event

During the Day

Throughout the day, students will have the opportunity to follow one of four tracks: Web Development, Design, Cybersecurity, or Product Development & Entrepreneurship.

Each track consists of interactive workshops and curriculum that encourages students to think critically and creatively. Additionally, there will be opportunities for students to engage and connect with various industry professionals and college students.

We want to show high school students the value of computer science, which is why we are providing all of the resources you'll need to get started!



Student registration is now open here! The application closes on March 19th, so be sure to sign up if you're interested in participating in the event.


Mentor registration is now open here! The application closes on February 28th, so be sure to sign up if you're interested! Make sure you refer people to be a mentor too, as we're raffling off a set of brand new AirPods to someone that refers another mentor to sign up!


Web Development

Want to learn about the technologies core to the internet? Then Web Development is for you. This track will teach you the fundamentals of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript so you can build your own website.

Students will be given the opportunity to host their websites via GitHub Pages and learn about the basics of how websites function and interact with the world.


Interested in the intersection of art and technology? Then you'll love our Design track! We'll teach you all about how the digital world you use every day is designed and get you on your way to designing anything from websites and mobile apps to video games.

In this track, students will be given the opportunity to create visual user interfaces and understand the basic techniques used to make user-friendly software.


Ever wanted to hack a website? Learn about how to hack into websites and still get paid by the companies? Then join the Cybersecurity track!

As the world becomes more reliant on technology and online services, it is critical to have a proper understanding of security and how to prevent the next data leak. Here, you'll learn about practical, up-to-date hacking techniques from one of the best cybersecurity schools in the nation.

Product Development & Entrepreneurship

Have you ever dreamt of starting your own business? Are you a creative thinker and a problem solver? Then the Product Development and Entrepreneurship track is for you!

With this track you will be able to brainstorm products, work around the risks that go into creating a new product, and simulate the process of product creation from ideation to execution. You will see the versatility of computer science and how it intertwines with the business world.


Time Block


9:00am - 9:30am Checkin and Opening Ceremonies
9:30am - 10:30am Track Work Block #1
10:30am - 11:00am Mini-Event Break
11:00am - 12:00pm Track Work Block #2
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch Break
12:30pm - 1:00pm Panelist Event
(hear about academic & career experiences from professionals)
1:00pm - 1:30pm Mini-Event Break
1:30pm - 2:15pm Train Work Block #3
2:15pm - 2:45pm Opportunities Fair
(learn about future STE(A)M opportunities)
2:45pm - 3:45pm Track Work Block #4
3:45pm - 4:00pm Closing Ceremonies


Who can attend?

High school students from all across Georgia are welcome to register.

Where is Catalyst?

The upcoming event will be completely virtual.

What will I need to participate?

In order to participate fully in the event, you'll need a computer with access to the internet as well as a quiet place in which you can turn on your mic and interact with others.

Are parents allowed to come?

Although we are grateful for parental support, Catalyst is a student-only event.

How do I choose which track to attend?

During registration, students will be allowed to choose which of the four tracks they'd like to attend. For more information regarding each option, see either the Tracks section above or reference the registration application.

What is HackGT?

HackGT is a student organization and 501(c)(3) non-profit at Georgia Tech devoted to Computer Science outreach in collegiate and high school communities. To learn more, check out our organization website here.

Other Questions?

Email us at [email protected] and we'll be happy to help!


Interested in sponsoring Catalyst? Send us an email to [email protected] - we're looking forward to working with you!